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Recap / Archer S 6 E 1 The Holdout

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Archer is sent into the jungle to salvage a crashed plane and make contact with a Japanese World War II veteran. Malory visits the office after a multi-million dollar renovation from Cheryl and Pam, only to find that it looks exactly the same as it did before.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Agony of the Feet: Sato lets Archer walk into a tiger trap and he takes a punji spike through the foot.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Sato's conversation with his wife is in fluent Japanese, and is just as emotional as it sounds.
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  • Enemy Mine: For a certain value of "enemy," but Sato and Archer don't exactly get along until they wind up fighting the communist insurgents together.
  • For the Evulz: Cheryl and Pam redecorate the office to look exactly as it was before it was blown up. Just to rub it in, they trick Malory into thinking it's a state of the art, gorgeous facility with the use of a hologram.
    Ray: Why would you do this?!
    Cheryl: (points to weeping Malory and giggles)
  • Hypocrite: Archer spends the whole episode complaining that Lana made him a father without his knowledge or consent. While his point is valid, the hypocrisy comes in when you recall that he's spent every moment since he learned of the pregnancy trying to ingratiate himself in the baby's life. (Asking to be the godfather, proposing to Lana so the baby will have a father, learning about possible pregnancy complications, becoming certified as a doula, etc.)
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  • I Want Grandkids: Toyed with. Apparently Lana using Archer's sperm was Malory's idea. She pushes Lana to rename Abbiejean to "Malory" as well.
  • Moment Killer: The extraction team interrupts Sato's reunion phone call with his family. Archer gives them a spray of bullets for their rudeness.
  • Old Soldier: Sato appears to be pretty goddamn old. He still manages to give Archer a run for his money in hand-to-hand when they first meet. No to mention surviving alone on the island for however long it's been since World War II.
  • Pet the Dog: Archer letting the Japanese soldier make contact with his family.
  • The Remnant: Sato. He was left behind when Japan surrendered.
  • Snap Back: Provided with painstaking detail by Pam and Cheryl's redecoration of the office. They even replaced the blood stain from where Brent was killed. Pam's also pudgy again, which she explains is because she kicked the cocaine habit and started binge eating to compensate.


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